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Catamount Chaos (2016)

Medium: Concert Band
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Composed: 2016
Duration: 5:00
Difficulty: Grade 4

Flute 1
Flute 2
B-flat Clarinet 1
B-flat Clarinet 2
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

B-flat Trumpet 1
B-flat Trumpet 2
B-flat Trumpet 3
F Horn
Trombone 1
Trombone 2
(Baritone T.C.) 

Timpani (4 drums)
Keyboard Percussion 1 (bells, chimes)
Keyboard Percussion 2 (vibraphone, xylophone)
Percussion 1 (snare drum, 4 concert toms, tambourine)
Percussion 2 (suspended cymbal, hi-hat)
Percussion 3 (concert bass drum, tam-tam)

Catamount Chaos was commissioned by the Panther Creek High School Wind Ensemble (David Robinson, director) in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the school and the 30th anniversary of teaching for the director. The title is taken directly from the name of the student cheering section at PCHS football games – a source of great pride for the students and principal alike. Much of the musical material is derived from the school’s alma mater, which uses the popular tune “Annie Lisle” by H.S. Thompson – sometimes fragmented, often re-harmonized, and usually rhythmically altered.

This piece will have a special place in my heart, as David Robinson was my middle and high school band director. He and the now retired Jesse Holton shaped the lives of thousands of students who came through the band programs at Githens Junior High/Middle School and Jordan High School in Durham, NC. Whether students remained in music, like me, or went into other fields, these directors created an atmosphere of creativity, professionalism, and growth that is undeniable.